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Monday, May 7, 2012

derby days

Saturday at the Kentucky Derby was quite the experience.
I'm not even sure I can use adequate words to describe what went down, but let's just say that I enjoyed my day of acting rich & fabulous, but boy was it exhausting! (in Southern lingo, my dogs were barking!)
We clean up nice...
After a 30 minute ride on the public bus for $1.50, and some raucous group sing-alongs, we arrived at Chruchill Downs for the big event. $50 admission, a $11 mint julep, and some money lost at the wagering windows was totally worth seeing all of the beautiful and wacky people (over 165,000 in attendance!), watching the horses, and having 2 minutes of hope as "my" horse galloped around the track.
Better luck next time Hansen, with a name like "I'll have another", I should have known to pick the ultimate winner! (they "say" it is about cookies, but I think it applies to juleps!)
What I Wore: H&M dress, Ann Taylor wedges (serious lust list wedges), NY&Co hat, Diament Designs bracelet
I didn't win big, but I am so happy to have gotten a chance to attend the "Derby".
All in all, the races were fun, but the intense round of Catch Phrase played well past 3am with friends, might have taken the cake for most fun had in a while!
Moments from the Kentucky Derby (clockwise): First time at Churchill Downs; Managed to run into friends in the infield, despite zero cell reception; watching the pretty horses parade around; drinking my first official mint julep; some of the horses were getting rowdy!; Ty and our friend picked the Derby race winner!
Oh Derby: The good (pretty hats), the questionable (was that on purpose?), the sloppy (Cinco de Derby in the infield), and the downright ridiculous (this baby was handing out its own business cards!)
Now back to the real world I guess, looking forward to being home for a couple of weeks after the past 3 weekends on the road
How was your weekend? Did you meet any famous babies? Or celebrate Cinco de Mayo?
 xx
Jessica

58 comments:

  1. You look gorgeous! I love the back on that dress. Sounds like you had a fabulous time, how fun! 

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  2. Thank you!
    haha! I know - the glitzy baby was tooooo much! xx

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  3. It was definitely some prime people watching... too many to even take photos of!
    xx

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  4. Oh fun, you are from KY! I had a fabulous time :) (my pug is actually from your state, so I am quite indebted!)
    xx

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  5. Thank you Katie, it was certainly a blast!
    xx

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  6. How much fun you must have had!  You dress and hat are perfect, and your man is cute as can be!

    Dossome :)

    http://ataleoffashion.blogspot.com/ 

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  7. How fun! You look so beautiful and classy, love the dress and floppy hat :) 

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  8. That is SO awesome that you guys went! And you looked fabulous - what a pretty dress and adorable hat. And that baby looks ridiculous...I bet there was some amazing people watching :)

    Annie
    The Other Side of Gray 

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  9. You looked beautiful! I love the lace + hat. I laughed so hard when I saw the last pictures. The cinch de mayo one was the best!

    xx
    Amanda
    MyCowlick.blogspot.com

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  10. so lovely dress and color!:) cute hat too!:) kisses!:)

     http://lilliness.blogspot.it/

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  11. Sounds like a fun day! Gorgeous dress, love the lace. I'm not that into horse racing, but I think all the people-watching would have kept me entertained! :)

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  12. You look like had a great time! Cute dress and im glad you had fun in my state ;)

    Chioma
    Chocolattesbox.blogspot.com

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  13. Your dress is so adorable.

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  14. Ohh, how incredibly awesome is this?!  Soo jealous that you got to go!  And you looked adorable to boot :)

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  15. I absolutely love your dress and the way you paired it with the hat. And give my regards to the fine looking group of people in your photo- it's not often you can find a crew where everyone looks so dapper!  Great post!

    Sincerely,Sabrina

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  16. Haha, yea... I turned into a middle schooler thinking about Hanson, and lost my good senses!
    Thank you
    xx

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  17. Thank you lady, the sales lady said it was reversible... so I might have to try that out soon! The hat is the most fun part for sure!
    xx

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  18. The dress is awesome. I like the back part of it.  Of course I'm a big fan of lace too.
    I've never been to Kentucky Derby before.  Sorry you didn't win, but at least you got a chance to see people style and lots of cool hats. Pick another horsey next time maybe (not Hansen heheh.....

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  19. You look so cute! I love the hat. I bet you had a great time. 

    Amy

    fashionandbeautyfinds.blogspot.com

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  20. Oh my stars...these pics are so fun!  You look PHENOMENAL in that pink dress (almost bought it for myself the other day), the back is beautiful and it's so elegant.  Plus how fun to get to wear that big hat!

    <3 Cambriajupefashion.blogspot.com

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  21. Oh fun, I could definitely see this as a great bridal party/brunch dress. They say it is reversible, and I might have to try that for my next event
    xx

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  22. Oh fun - horse races are so much fun, and the Derby is definitely a great place for people watching. Those hats!
    xx

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  23. i am MORE than jealous. kna,dsfnk!!! SO exciting. your dress and hat were PERFECT for derby - you look great - and all of the photos you took just make me want to be in your shoes.

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  24. Thanks! People watching was enough fun for me, I didn't need to win :) xx

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  25. I have always wanted to go to the Derby, it looks so fun. I love the outfit you put together, that hat is amazing.

    Stay in the Lines

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  26. Thank you dear! It is definitely worth the price of admission just for the hat/people watching! Hope you get to attend one day too :) xx

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  27. LOL sounds like so much fun. I love your dress and I'm sorry you didn't win. ;)

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  28. Not sure I could love a dress more!  That little number is FABULOUS & perfect for the Kentucky Derby (not that I've ever been but when I saw your outfit it screamed horse racing!).  I absolutely love your hat too.  The Derby is definitely on my bucket list.  I've been to the races in Del Mar, CA a few times but the Derby is the creme de la creme!  I'd just want to look at all the cool hats! 

    Following you now BTW! :o)

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  29. Thank you Jess! It sure was fun pretending to be rich and fabulous :)

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  30. HOW fun!!!  You look marvelous!!  I am super jealous!  LOVED this post!
    xo Jess

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  31. I definitely want to attend the Derby at some point...looks like a great time! I love your dress. Lauren Conrad noted it as a great bridal shower dress today on her blog!

    XO
    http://justasmalltowngirlblog.blogspot.com

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  32. Thank you! It definitely is something you should experience... Bucket list worthy for sure! xx

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  33. i love ur dress and wedges! pretty pics~ :)
    thnks for commenting on my blog
    i folow u now folow me back? :)
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  34. I am so jealous!!  Going to the Kentucky Derby is on my bucket list!  It looks like so much fun and you looked adorable!! 
    xo,
    Shanna 

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  35. Super cute photos! Loving your derby look! Your hat is too cute! That baby was handing out it's own business cards?! What? lol

    xx
    Giovanna
    www.oliveandanarrow.com

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  36. Looks Like you had a good time

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  37. Brooke @ what2wearOctober 30, 2012 at 3:16 PM

    Oh yay you look soo adorable!!!!!!!
    Brooke @ what2wear, monikabrooke.blogspot.com

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  38. I was boring this weekend! Looks like you had a blast! I LOVE THAT HAT!!!!!!!!!!!

    Sara 
    http://seventwentysomethings.blogspot.com/

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  39. I love that hat with the simple and chic lace dress.  I love big straw hats for the summer.  I think I'm going to go get that one.
    Tara


    Penniless Socialite

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  40. you look amazing!! I LOVE your dress and your hat!  you look beautiful!

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  41. Aw, thank you! You should try to go sometime... Definitely bucket list material! xx

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  42. Haha - thank you Heather! Without that hat, I would have most definitely melted! xx

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  43. This looks like so much fun!! I love your dress and hat. That's awesome you got to go! 

    I celebrated Cinco de Mayo, but tuned into the derby too! 

    xo everything-pretty.com

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  44. Amazing photos! You are just too cute :) Love the dress and that hat!!!!!! Sounds like quite the experience, the race was super fun to watch on TV! Wish I could have joined you :)

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  45. Jessica, you look so pretty in that lace dress and gorgeous hat! It looks like you had a great time at the derby!

    -Sharon
    The Tiny Heart

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  46. Heather @GurleeGirrlOctober 30, 2012 at 3:16 PM

    Oh my goodness how fun!!! I would LOVE to attend the race - and I know I for sure would have picked the winning horse with a name like that! LOL

    Of course you looked amazing!  The dress is so pretty and femine and girly you sure can pull off wearing a hat :)

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  47. I hear you, I work extra hard on the weekends I am in town, so I can feel less guilt when I do find time to get out of town (but I still feel like a pretty guilty grad student not working weekends). Good luck with your last couple of assignments, and enjoy your summer off!
    xx

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  48. It sounds like it was quite the experience!  Your hat is gorgeous and I think if I had gone, I would have picked one just like that.  I spent most of the weekend working, unfortunately, but it was worth it as I'm heading to campus in a few to hand in my last couple research assignments of the semester!

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  49. You look so pretty! LOVE the hat and the pink dress, so perfect!  Glad you had fun, even if you didn't win big. :)

    xo, Yi-chia

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